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Joel Campbell scored a goal and assisted to lead Costa Rica on the way to a 3-1 win over Uruguay.

Campbell played an amazing match, scoring a powerful shot to tie the game and turn it on its back. He later played a brilliant ball to assist Costa Rica's third and final goal. Campbell was amazing from start to finish and was Costa Rica's leader the entire way. The other goals for the underdogs came from O. Duarte and M. Urena. Edinson Cavani scored for Uruguay. Costa Rica earned a valuable three points and they will try to cause more upsets when they see England and Italy later in the tournament. Italy meet England later today in the second match of this group.
Source: FIFA
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 05:03:00 PM

Victor Valdes is the only expected injury absentee for Middlesbrough who face north east rivals Sunderland at the Riverside on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the Tees/Wear derby, Head Coach Steve Agnew revealed Grant Leadbitter and Marten de Roon were on track to recover from respective hamstring and ankle injuries in time to face the Black Cats. Leadbitter did not to travel to Bournemouth on Saturday as a precaution due to muscular tightness, while De Roon was replaced during a first half mauling because of a problem with his ankle. But, the news from today's press conference today was good and Agnew provided a positive update: "Victor Valdes has a rib injury so will miss out [but] Grant Leadbitter and Marten de Roon have trained this morning. Everyone else is fit." The only other player expected to miss out is Gaston Ramirez, who picked up two needless yellow cards - the Uruguay international will serve a one-match ban.
Apr 25 - 2:46 PM

Mamadou Sakho is poised to return against Tottenham on Wednesday evening as James Tomkins is set for a spell on the sidelines.

The Crystal Palace centre-back spent the remaining minutes at Anfield limping around up front after he was caught by Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic. "It's a bad injury for Tomkins," said Sam Allardyce. "I am very pleased there's nothing broken given the nature of the tackle. He may not be fit again this season. I think he [Grujic] was lucky to get a yellow, he wasn't in control and hit just above the ankle." Tomkins was the only change on Sunday, in for Sakho who was ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, and Allardyce may be tempted to keep things nice and simple once again unless he decides to introduce some "fresh legs" for the visit of their London rivals. Loic Remy is fit and available, although the Chelsea loanee lacks match fitness, otherwise the Eagles are pretty much as you were.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 25 - 2:05 PM

Hull City striker Oumar Niasse's appeal against a three match ban incurred after his sending off last weekend has been successful.

Niasse received a contentious red card from referee Bobby Madley in Hull's 2-0 win over Watford at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday after a tackle on Watford's M'Baye Niang. The decision looked set to scupper Marco Silva's plans for the final weeks of the season, but the red card and consequent suspension have now been rescinded by the Football Association. Niasse will be available to travel to Southampton this Saturday.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 25 - 12:20 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has indicated that he hopes to change the culture at St Mary's of selling key players in the summer transfer window.

In recent seasons, the Saints have lost players such as Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, and many more to other Premier League sides. Speculation this season has hinted at more of the same with Van Dijk attracting plenty of interest and rumours surround the futures of Dusan Tadic, Ryan Bertrand, Cedric Soares, and Jay Rodriguez too. On the topic, Puel highlighted a concerted effort between him and the club's director of football, Les Reed: ""We work all season with Les [Reed] to see different players and I hope, of course, we can keep the maximum of our good players [this summer]," Puel said. "It’s important to continue this work [with this group of players] where we improve from the beginning of the season." It's clear Puel views continuity as key to the Saints' long-term success. On VVD, Puel admitted he can't stop rumours circulating, but reiterated that he wants to keep his captain at the club.
Apr 25 - 8:07 AM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has said that he cannot guarantee that new signing Martin Caceres will make his Saints debut this season.

The Uruguayan arrived at Southampton as an emergency signing in February. He had been a free agent since his contract at Italian giants Juventus expired and was signed to replace Jose Fonte who left the club and Virgil Van Dijk who picked up a season-ending injury. However, Caceres lacked match fitness upon his arrival, and spent time playing with the Under-23s regaining his sharpness. In the interim, the makeshift combination of Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens has proved quite successful, to the extent that Caceres is yet to play for the first team. Puel indicated that Caceres may have opportunities to play: "...Caceres is a good player with a good training session and I think he’s going to have opportunities until the end of the season." However, when asked if Caceres may not appear at all, Puel responded: "Yes." He later described himself as "happy with Jack and Maya".
Apr 25 - 8:16 AM

Manchester United appear to be edging closer to signing Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Griezmann's agent, Eric Olhats, had claimed that the Premier League club have shown "concrete interest" in signing the France international. In an interview with French TV, Olhats said: "There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes." United's lack of goals and over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic this term has been their Achilles Heel, with United constantly linked with Griezmann all season as a consequence.
Source: The Guardian
Apr 25 - 8:22 AM

Manchester United are rumoured to be confident of signing Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who is a product of United's academy.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a centre-back and had apparently identified Keane as a target, who he believes is worth a £25 million bid. United will face stiff competition for his signature, with Spurs the hottest competitors in the chase but United are apparently confident of sealing the deal, and have been since before he allegedly told a fan it was his preferred destination post-match last weekend. His current team Burnley are keen to hold onto their defensive mainstay, but have apparently become resigned to the fact that he would leave at the end of his contract in June 2018 if they fail to cash in on him now. United have also been linked with PSG's Marquinhos, as well as Benfica’s Viktor Lindelof. Both are seen as viable transfer options by the club.
Apr 25 - 8:32 AM

Having failed in their bid to land centre-back Michael Keane in January, Everton have now refocused their efforts on Hull City's Harry Maguire.

Everton pursued Keane intensely during the January transfer window, but the Liverpool Echo report that manager Ronald Koeman has conceded that he will not be able to fend off competition from Spurs, and to a greater extent Manchester United, for the Englishman's signature. However, Koeman is confident that Everton's valuation Harry Maguire, 24, will be enough to beat West Ham and Southampton to signing the fans' favourite.
Apr 25 - 8:55 AM

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has confirmed on Twitter that Andy Carroll should be available for Saturday’s game at Stoke City.

The return of Carroll will be a massive boost for Slaven Bilic's side ahead of the trip to the bet365 Stadium, as the Hammers have won just one of their last five matches without the 28-year-old this season. Carroll was unable to play in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Everton, which saw Jonathan Calleri make his first Premier League start, but should return to starting XI against the Potters. Carroll, who missed the 1-1 draw with Stoke City earlier this season, has scored five goals over the course of his last 10 starts.
Apr 24 - 5:49 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reported that Gary Cahill has returned to training after gastroenteritis and may be available for selection against Southampton.

Cahill missed Saturday's FA Cup semi-final following illness last week but could be involved against the Saints on Tuesday. "Gary yesterday he trained with us and also today," Conte said. "It is normal to check his condition and I want to speak very well with him tomorrow before I take the decision." Conte also confirmed he has no new injury or illness concerns following the win over Tottenham, and is likely to recall Diego Costs and Eden Hazard after leaving them out of the starting XI at Wembley. "I have in my mind the starting 11 but tomorrow I want to check very well the physical consideration of every single player as our last game was an intense one and used energy," the Italian boss added.
Apr 24 - 6:10 PM

With erratic performances in between the sticks this season, West Ham United are reportedly considering a summer swoop for a new goalkeeper.

According to reports in Turkey, West Ham are in talks with 29-year-old Trabzonspor captain Onur Kivark ahead of the summer transfer window. The report also claims that Kivark, who kept 13 clean sheets in 27 appearances this term, was targeted by Slaven Bilic during his time in charge of Besiktas. The news comes in the wake of a pair of inconsistent performances by Darren Randolph, which saw Bilic recall former starter Adrian for Saturday's nil-nil draw with Everton.
Source: talkSPORT
Apr 24 - 5:24 PM




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